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Parents Association News Letter Issue 2

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Pre-loved School uniform Sale

Shanbally N.S

Pre-loved School uniform Sale

Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th June


We need uniforms!

We would kindly ask parents to donate any uniforms that are no longer needed in your household, so they can be upcycled for other students use.

These items should be washed and in good condition.

Any items of uniform are required: Jumpers, Ties, Shirts, Trousers, Pinafores, Skirts, Tracksuits, Shorts, T-shirts.

Please drop items into the Halla by Thursday the 22nd of June. Items will be on sale on Tuesday the 27th and Wednesday the 28th June. A small donation towards the school will suffice as payment for items purchased.

The parents association would like to thank you for your support on this matter and hope that you will benefit from this service.


Check out the picture of the Cork City Sports Team with all their trophies in this week’s Carrigdhoun.


Thanking you.

Parents Association

May 2017: Parents Association Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Just some quick updates and information

Money Raised Last Term

Huge thanks to all Parents and Children supported our fundraising events including the cake sale, table quiz and cloths collection last term, through your hard work and generosity the school raised a fantastic €1718.00 !!!! This money will be used to help fund the sixth class residential trip and buying resources for the children.



Clothes Collection – 7th June

Our next clothes collection is Wednesday 7th June so please bring any bags to the Halla. We are happy to accept clothes, paired shoes, bags, belts, curtains, duvet covers and pillow case covers and all in wonderful condition. However we are unable to accept end of life clothing, duvets, pillows and bric a brac of any kind.Our clothes are recycled by the National Council for the Blind.


Charity Walk – 9th June

Friday June 9th Shanbally NS will be having a Cancer Research Charity Walk (during the school day) furthur details to follow.


We would like to congratulate all the girls and boys that recently made their Holy Communion.  We would also like to thank all the sandwich makers and bakers for their delicious food  and those able to help at the reception to make it special for the children and their families. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Richard Murphy and his employer Pat the Baker who provide the sliced pans for the sandwich making.


Thank you for your support.

The Parents Association 

February 28th: Parents Association Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy few weeks and there are two fundraisers happening in March.

Valentine Cake Sale

Thank you for the delicious cakes and for your support. We raised a fantastic €750 due to your generosity.

Win It Wednesday

The children were all entered into a free draw on the 22nd February. Congratulations on the winners

1st Prize iKids party voucher for 10 children including food – Caoimhe Spillane

2nd Prize Family swim Bishopstown Leisurewold – Daniel Hall

3rd Prize 5 passes for Kool Kids Corner – Fionn Murphy Gallacher

Thank you to the businesses donating these prizes.


Table Quiz

Our annual table quiz will be held in the Ferry Boat Inn on Friday 3rd March at 8.30 pm. It is always a fun evening. The price is €20 for a table of 4 and teams can be made on the night. Please return your entry forms to school as soon as possible..

There will a raffle on the night with many prizes including,

€50 Lidl voucher, €25 High Street Books voucher, Origin Hair voucher, Pitch and Putt family pass Raffeen Creek and many more.


Clothes Collection

Our next clothes collection is Tuesday 7th March so please bring any bags to the Halla.
We are happy to accept clothes, paired shoes, bags, belts, curtains, duvet covers and pillow case covers and all in wonderful condition. However we are unable to accept end of life clothing, duvets, pillows and bric a brac of any kind.
Our clothes are recycled by the National Council for the Blind.

Our Facebook page had pictures of all the resources that have been bought for the children from the proceeds of the Pedal Cycle and there will be more orders placed soon. The money raised from the quiz night and the clothes collection will go towards the costs for the communion and the 6th class leaving trip.

Thank you for your support.

The Parents Association

Parents Association : February Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope you will find this newsletter useful.

Please see below for our upcoming events from now until March.

As always your support is very much appreciated.

Shanbally N.S Parents Association       


Shanbally NS Gets Creative Competition  

Thursday 9th February

Following the success of last year’s competition and after many requests, we are holding our Get Creative Competition. 

Categories – Children may choose just 1 of the following categories

  1. Lego            (Duplo can be used for JI and SI,  no special purchases necessary,                                                                  just use what you have at home) 
  2. Best Dressed Teddy
  3. Photo, drawing or painting

  1. Specific Information – Lego creations should not be any larger than A4 in size. Photo, drawing or painting, this can be either portrait or landscape, but should not be any larger than A3 in size.  To comply with school guidelines, we would kindly ask that photos do not contain images of children.
  1. Label – please ensure that your child’s entry is identified with the child’s name and class.
  1. When to bring your creations to school- Entries will be received at school from Wednesday 8th Members of the Parents Association will be in the Halla and will receive entries from the children. Entries will be accepted up until 9.00am on Thursday 9th February.  Late entries will not be accepted. 
  1. Judging – will take place by a panel of judges from the local community. The entries will be judged by classes JI , SI and the Language class, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th.  Winning entries will receive rosettes and be announced by 1.15pm on Thursday 9th
  1. Collection of Creations – We would kindly ask that all entries be removed from the Halla on Friday 10th February

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We are always looking for suggestions and new ideas.  We would be delighted to hear from you.


Valentine’s Day Cake Sale

The Parents Association will host our Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Sale on Friday 17th February.  Cakes will be on sale in the Hall from 9.00am.  Cakes are priced at 50c. 

We would ask that donated cakes for this event not contain nuts or nut flours.

Free Raffle Wednesday 22nd Feb

All children will be entered into a free raffle on Wednesday 22nd February.  Prizes are

€140.00 voucher for iKidz Fitness & Fun (Party for 10 children including hot food),

4 passes for Kool Kidz Korner

Family swimming pass for LeisureWorld in Bishopstown.

Table Quiz Friday 3rd March

You are invited to the Shanbally NS Table Quiz on Friday 3rd March at the Ferry Boat Inn, Ringaskiddy @ 8.30pm.  Teams of 4 are needed.  The cost per table is €20.00 (€5.00 per person).  We will send an entry form home shortly.  There will be a raffle on the night.  Always a great evening!!

Clothing Collection

Spring is in the air.  A great time to declutter and donate unwanted clothing, shoes and bags to school.  Donations will be accepted to the halla from Thursday 2nd March.  We will not be in a position to take end of life clothing, duvets, pillows or bric-a-brac.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 9th February

Shanbally NS Gets Creative Competition

Friday 10th February

Free Friday Give Away

Friday 17th February

Valentine’s Cake Sale

Wednesday 22nd Feb.

Free Raffle

Friday 3rd March

Table Quiz in Ferry Boat   

Monday 6th March

Clothing Collection

Free Friday Giveaway

On Friday 10th February we will be holding a Free Raffle all families will be entered.  The winners will win a Family Pass for Cork City Football Club for the Presidents Cup Match on Friday 17th February @ Turners Cross.


January 2017: Parents’ Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017. We hope you all had a nice break over the Christmas holidays.

First of all, a big thank you to all who attended, donated and participated in our Pedal Cinema. We were amazed by the support, the  generosity and the effort families put into raising money. The event exceeded all expectations and raised a fantastic €7015.

This money will be spent on much needed educational materials for the school.

We would like to thank the following business for their generous donation and support:

Douglas Credit Union our main sponsor

Kearneys of Cork                                    Country Clean Recycling

Welch Sports                                            Ferry Boat Inn

Kool Kidz Korner                                      Purcell Scaffolding Cork Ltd.,

Martin O’ Callaghan Ltd.                         MasterKabin Ltd.,

Carbon Chemical Group                         Folens Publishers

CJ Fallon                                                   East Cork Oil Company

Shamrocks Hurling & Football              Novartis

Alan Kavanagh Building Services Ltd Carrigaline Computers

Pat Mc Crann (Tennis Coach)                Celtic Interiors

Gymnastics Inc.                                         Shanbally Shop & Deli

Carrigaline Medical Practice                   Curradinghy

Verso Fashions                                          Shamrock Bar

Kiely Walsh Academy of Irish Dance     KJ Strength & Performance

Ahern Roberts O’Rourke Williams & Partners Solicitors

Debbie & Alan Field                                    Barry’s Tea

Conversation Piece                                     Walsh’s Pharmacy

Liosdaire Computers                                   Sarah Mc Garry

The Bosun                                                     Dunnes Stores

Munster Rugby                                              Carrigaline Court Hotel

O’ Crualaoi Butchers                                     Adrian O’ Herlihy photography

Origin Hair Design                                          Carrigaline Book Store

Actons Hotel Kinsale                                      Glen Resource

Moores Jewellers                                             Kinsale Golf Club

Leona O’ Brien                                                  Four Star Pizza

Pepsi                                                                   Foxy’s Hair & Beauty

Colours Boutique                                              High Street Books

Cork on Ice                                                          Batemans Footwear

Raffeen Creek Sports Club                              Bounce Zone

Tesco                                                                   Pen & Paper

Nailtime                                                                Leisure World Bishopstown

Lidl Ireland                                                          iKids Fun & Fitness

Westbury Swim School                                      Standard Fire Safety




Children’s Competitions:

On Thursday 9th February Shanbally NS will be holding a Children’s Competition with three categories:

-Lego – design and build an original Structure

-Best dressed Teddy

-Picture: Drawing, painting or Photograph, theme is Nature

There will be no charge to enter and each child can enter once per category.

More details to follow.


Cake Sale:

On Friday 17th February   we will be holding a Valentine theme cake sale.


Table quiz:

The annual Table Quiz will be held in The Ferry Boat on Friday the 3rd of March


Free Raffle:

On the last day of term we are holding a free raffle with fantastic prizes. There will be one ticket per family.

First Prize – ikids Party voucher worth €140 for 10 children with hot food

Second Prize  – 4 passes for Kool Kidz

Third Prize – Family Swim Leisureworld, Bishopstown


Clothes Collection:

The clothing collection will take place on Tuesday the 7th of March and Tuesday the 6th of June. Please keep us in mind if you are de-cluttering your wardrobes. All clean unwanted clothes, bags, shoes (pairs only), books, bed linen (no duvets and pillows) can be donated. We really do appreciate all the clothes donations. The last collection had over 100 bags and raised €687 so every bag counts.


School Uniforms

Tracy Crotty from the Parents’ Association sorts and displays all the second hand uniforms that are donated to the school. There are a variety of school shirts, trousers and pinafores and some small sized track suits and jumpers available in the Halla. Please feel free to take anything you need.

If you have good quality outgrown uniform to donate please give it to a member of the PA or hand it into the office.


Many thanks for your continued cooperation.

The Parents Association.


Newsletter : November 2016

Hope everyone had a lovely mid-term break. Just to recap on some of our past events and to inform you of our upcoming events. 

Recent Events:

Halloween Raffle – Was a great success and we raised €370.00

Halloween Cake sale – So much fun was had by all and a whopping €721.00 was raised.

Clothing collection – Thanks to everyone for donating all the unwanted clothing. We are delighted to announce that €660.00 was raised.

Thank you for your support


Upcoming events

Pedal powered cinema night. – November 25th 2016.

Get on your bikes for Shanbally. N.S

We have had great interest in the pedal powered movie night. These are the ways that you can help.

Be a cyclist – Please return your form to the school by Thursday 17th November.

Sponsorship cards
(1) Make a donation as a family of €25.00
(2) Fill up your sponsorship card to min value of €25 or more, and this can be your family’s donation
(3) Do both. The more we make the more we have to put back into the school for you as families and all the fabulous pupils.

Spread the word
We have set up a gofundme page on which you can donate at and we ask you to SHARE SHARE SHARE this link with all your family and friends who may live far away but who would like to donate.

Sponsor a Bike
We are asking local companies to sponsor a bicycle for €50. This is a great advertising opportunity, where your name/ company name and details will be displayed at the event, on our school website and Parents Association Facebook page. If your company would do this or you know anyone who would be interested please let a member of the Parents Association know or use the gofundme page.

Santa Visit The Parents Association are organising a special visitor with a present for each child in the last week of term.

Our next clothes collection is on Tuesday 7th March


So what exactly does the Parents Association do and where does all the money go?


My family are new to Shanbally National school so in September I decided I should pop into the Parents Association meeting and see if I could learn a bit more about this school and lend a hand if needed. 


Let me begin by saying the parents association are a very passionate group of individuals.  They give up their spare time to ensure that their children and your children have great opportunities during their time in this school.  I could not believe the passion that comes from these individuals.  Many evenings are spent brain storming to come up with novel fund raising ideas to raise funds for things that will benefit the children.


So far this year some of the things we have paid for include skipping ropes for the school and the balance for the bus trip to Mayfield for the Sciath na Scol final.  The €5 that was requested from each child towards the transport and entrance to the game simply wasn’t enough to cover the cost of the bus.  Before I joined the parents association I would never have known that the bus could cost €750.00 to drop the kids to the match.  It’s when you hear things like this you realise how, without the fundraising from the Parents Association outings like this for the children would not be feasible.


I cannot stress enough the dedication that these parents have for this school and its pupils.  Rain hail or shine they are working away behind the scenes. As I sit here typing this I am aware that back at the school there are a number of the Parents Association out in the lashing rain loading the clothes collection bags onto the truck to raise more funds.


The Halloween cake sale was a great success we raised €721 and the children absolutely loved it.  It was my first time at the Shanbally cake sale and when I saw the beaming faces on the kids I realised exactly why these ladies work so hard to raise funds for these wonderful children.  The cake sale was full so of happiness and innocence you couldn’t help but be uplifted by the kids excitement.

This year after lots of deliberation (and I mean lots & lots of back and forth & multiple WhatsApp conversations) it was decided that the Christmas bazaar would not go ahead.  Instead Shanbally, for the first time ever will host a cinema night “powered by pedal power”.  This I’m sure will entertain both the kids and parents alike, and once again I think we should spare a thought and give thanks to the Parents Association for all the work that is going into planning this event.


You might wonder what all the money that’s raised is used for, well each year the school comes up with wish list that would benefit the kids e.g. this year we hope to purchase new maths kits, trundle wheels, money kits etc., Standardised Testing Manuals and Irish reading books for the library.  


I guess my reason for including this information in the newsletter is to make you all aware of the fabulous parents association that we have behind us here in Shanbally and I wanted you all to know how well they are taking care of your children’s interests.  It’s very easy to forget that so much work goes into raising money, coming up with new ideas, sourcing spot prizes, setting up, manning and cleaning up after events.   Your continued support for the various fund raising events is greatly appreciated.


Thank you.

Your Parents Association

Pedal Powered Cinema

Dear Parents,

Sponsorship cards have been sent home with your child this week,  for our Christmas Fundraiser,  the Pedal Powered Cinema. 

Our aim is to raise €6,000 of funding for the school from this event.

It is important to note that there will not be a Christmas Bazaar this year.

1. Date/ Time/ Venue –  Friday 25th November @ 6.45pm, Rafeen Creek Sports Hall. Film starts at 7pm sharp.

2. Sponsorship cards have been sent home with your child.  There will be 1 sponsorship card per household.  Return sponsorship cards to school by Wednesday 23rd November.

3.  We are looking for cyclists for the night.  55 in total with a mix of Parents, Past Pupils & 5th / 6th Pupils.  If you are available to cycle please return bottom section of flyer by Thursday 17th November.

The Pedal Powered Cinema will release the data from the night, distance travelled and power generated and we will be able to use this towards our Active Schools Award.

We are very excited to share this incredibly novel experience with you and are really looking forward to seeing your family on the night.

Warmest Regards,

Shanbally NS Parents Association

Halloween Raffle: Parents’ Association

Raffle tickets are on sale from Monday, October 10th at school. They cost €1:00 for one strip and this is a photo of  is one of the prizes. Winners will be drawn on Friday,  14th October.  Good luck to all!!

Halloween Hamper

Halloween Hamper